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The Civil warfare stands shiny within the collective reminiscence of the yank public. There has regularly been a profound curiosity within the topic, and in particular of Blacks' participation in and reactions to the conflict and the war's final result. nearly 200,000 African-American infantrymen fought for the Union within the Civil conflict. even supposing such a lot have been illiterate ex-slaves, numerous thousand have been good trained, loose black males from the northern states. The 129 letters during this assortment have been written via black infantrymen within the Union military through the Civil battle to black and abolitionist newspapers. they supply a distinct expression of the black voice that used to be intended for a public discussion board. The letters inform of the men's stories, their fears, and their hopes. They describe intimately their military days--the pleasure of strive against and the drudgery of digging trenches. a few letters supply vibrant descriptions of conflict; others protest racism; nonetheless others name eloquently for civil rights. Many describe their conviction that they're scuffling with not just to unfastened the slaves yet to earn equivalent rights as electorate. those letters supply a rare photograph of the battle and in addition show the brilliant expectancies, hopes, and finally the calls for that black squaddies had for the future--for themselves and for his or her race. As first-person files of the Civil conflict, the letters are powerful statements of the yankee dream of justice and equality, and of the human spirit.

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